IT is not only owners of apartments battling developers for defects, but Sydney-wide residents are losing their community rights to deve-lopers.
RESIDENTS in the Hurstville Heritage Conservation Area lost out to Deicorp to build a $20 million complex of 369 apartments on the other side of the road from the estate with one tower of up to 16 storeys and the other of 12.
–offered to pay Kogarah Council $12,500 per unit for permission to break the city plan limit on building heights of 39 metres
-to be allowed to build to 60 metres
-and to nearly double the floor-space ratio from the permitted 3:1 to 5.5:1.
It also promised, under a Voluntary Planning Agreement, to give the council a car park and a “community facility” in return for getting the go-ahead.
Residents objected and the application went to the Joint Regional Planning Panel, which has now given Deicorp the green light to redevelop the site of the former Australian Taxation Office.
To retrace steps taken by DEICORP
In March Deicorp submitted amended plans to Kogarah Council lowering the buildings by two floors to a maximum of 16 levels.
-that proposal was approved by the JRPP in April
-Deicorp then submitted another application to Georges River Council in August asking for another two storeys to bring it back up to the original request of 18 storeys; bypassing the JRPP!
Photo: It would appear this illustrates why residents concerns for their Heritage O’Brien Estate were warranted … this happened in a Heritage Conservation Area!